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Feel-Better French Toast

November 7, 2011
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Flat Abs November is off to a painful start.

It hurts to walk, laugh, and get up from my current lying down position on the couch.

Either my muscles are way more out of shape than I’d anticipated, or I put together one heck of a workout. In any case, I’ll share it with you so you can try it out as well.

I did 5 different exercises, and then repeated all five for two full sets:

  1. With a (or ), get into the plank position (on your hands, not elbows) and hold on to the sides of the bosu platform (or place your hands on top of the ball) and hold plank for 30-45 seconds.
  2. Switch positions so that your feet are on the platform (or ball) and your arms are on the floor. Hold for 30-45 seconds.
  3. Lie on your back and twist to one side like you’re doing a side crunch. Hold for 10 seconds, switch the other side for 10 more seconds, then repeat both sides. Then come up to and hold the pose for 30 seconds. Repeat this entire exercise once more.
  4. Hold a medicine ball or weighted plate and get into boat pose. Twist your upper body from side to side, allowing the ball/plate to touch the ground on each side. Once on each side is one rep. Do 15.
  5. Lie on your back with your hands at your side or under your butt. Bring your legs up so they’re straight and at a 90 degree angle with your body. Slowly lower them for a count of 10 seconds until they’re a few inches above the ground. Hold them at that point for another 10 seconds. That’s one. Do 5.
I also did some reps on the lat pulldown machine and got a little overzealous with the leg press machine– which left me with sore arms, thighs and butt. Yeah, today has not been pleasant.

But you know what makes even the sorest of muscles feel better? (Other than a heat pack, a stretch, a massage, or… you know, other practical things.)

French toast.

And rather than ruin all the hard work I just accomplished at the gym, I slimmed it way down.

Instead of using thick bread that packs on a few hundred calories, I used my Sara Lee bread that has 45 calories per slice. That meant I could have three slices instead of two, I reasoned.

After soaking the slices in an egg wash consisting of egg, vanilla, and skim milk, I browned the slices in a skillet for a couple of minutes on each side. I made sure that the center was warm enough so I wasn’t eating raw egg (no sense in making my abdominal region hurt any worse), but not so much that the center isn’t soft like custard. Mmmmm :)

Right before placing the bread into the skillet, make sure you sprinkle on a little cinnamon and sugar, too!

I felt the French toast was sweet enough with the sprinkling of sugar, so instead of topping it with syrup I topped it with almond butter and blackberry preserves. That way it’s not just bread for breakfast, but some healthy fats to boot!

So after that workout– and after that breakfast– I’d say Flat Abs November is off to a heck of a start.

What about you… any good workouts that left you feeling the burn the next day?




“I’ve got a few hours to kill. Let’s go for a hike.”

November 3, 2011
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Yesterday, as part of Flat Abs November/my Pile on the Miles challenge, I hiked 2.8 miles through a place I’ve never been before– Stough Canyon.

While The Dude had some work done on his car, I picked him up at the dealership and headed over to the canyon for a little naaaaaaature.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear the word “nature,” this is what comes to mind…

Anywho, Stough Canyon was pretty spectacular. It wasn’t as lush and green as Solstice Canyon in Malibu, but it was challenging and the views were breathtaking.

Once we wound around the first part of the hike, we came to two hills– one a little steep, and one very steep. The Dude gave me the choice… and guess which one I picked. :D



Oh hey, Dude.

Just to give you an idea of how far up we were, that white speck in the middle and a bit to the right is a park bench. That’s where we started the hill.

The uphill hike was pretty challenging, but the downhill hike was downright scary. I slid on my butt quite a few times, and The Dude ended up with a booboo on his hand. I didn’t get to take a picture of it yesterday, but here it is after giving it 24 hours to heal– nothing big, just a little scratch from the rocks.

After working up a huge appetite on the hike, we grabbed some Cuban food and yours truly gobbled it all down in a very unladylike fashion.

Today, I did a killer ab workout, so I’ll let you know tomorrow morning if I feel it! I have a feeling I’m going to… the soreness is already setting in.

Flat Abs November

November 2, 2011
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It’s the second day into November, and I’ve started a new goal…

My aim for the rest of the month is to up my cardio as well as my ab workouts to both shave off that layer that has taken residence over my stomach as well as whip me in tip-top shape to breeze through the 5K I’ve registered to run on Thanksgiving morning.

To start off, I’ve been keeping up with, having thrown in a couple miles around my neighborhood yesterday and a 3-ish mile hike today (pics to go up tomorrow!). Tomorrow I’ll be starting my ab workouts. I’ll be sure to share them if I wake up with killer-sore abs the next morning– that way I know they work. :)

I’m also working on being more conscious of what I’m eating. All-baked-goods-all-the-time season started back in October, and I can already feel the difference in my jeans! So between upping my water intake (which is just as important in colder months as it is in the summer!!) and not going carb-crazy with scones, cookies, and anything that has chocolate baked into it, I figure the flat abs boat will be pretty smooth sailing. I always end up getting some sort of cold in the winter months anyway, so the extra servings of fruits and vegetables can’t do anything but help to stave it off!

Some spicy chicken sausage with onions and red + orange peppers, steamed green beans, and roasted multicolored potatoes for lunch on Tuesday was a pretty good start to things. The color in the potatoes was an added bonus– more color in food = more antioxidants.



Luckily, my knees have decided to make themselves functional again (and not a day too soon), but I’ve been doing some heat therapy just to keep things in check. I swear this heating pack is the best $6 I’ve spent in recent memory.


As a sidenote, I finally gave in to the peer pressure and decided to see what it was all about. I’m still getting the hang of it and am shuffling through a lot of white noise (some people post some pretty strange/silly stuff), but I found a few motivational pins that I thought I’d share– just in case you’re in need of a little push, too!

And, though it’s not exactly motivational, this is pretty funny:

I’ll post the hiking photos tomorrow– we did a pretty intense hike, and someone ended up with a booboo (spoiler alert: wasn’t me!).


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